Thursday, February 28, 2013

Save the date! Announcing Peirce College’s 2013 Commencement ceremony

CELEBRATE: This year’s Commencement ceremony will be on June 10 
For our 2013 graduating class, it’s almost time to don your cap and gown, and walk across the stage to accept your diploma. Peirce College’s 2013 Commencement will be held on Monday, June 10 at 6:45 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. To participate, all coursework must be completed by May 2.

We hope you’re as excited as we are for this year’s festivities. To get things started, we’re asking for your input: What should be the closing song of the ceremony? If you’re a member of the Class of 2013, vote for your song choice by Friday, March 22 by visiting our survey page. You can choose to go with the song from last’s year Commencement ceremony, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” or suggest the tune that you think would fit best with all the excitement of Commencement. Top-voted songs will be reviewed by a group of students and staff, with the final selection being played on graduation night.

Stay tuned for more graduation information, including next action steps, over the next few months. If you have any questions, please contact me at 888.467.3472, ext. 9265, or at

Why Steven Rodriguez knows a master’s degree is his ticket to career advancement

LIFELONG LEANER: Steven Rodriguez, pictured above speaking at
our graduate reception, can't wait to begin his master's degree program
If you’re thinking about going back to school for a graduate degree, you probably have a lot of questions running through your mind: How much work is involved? How much will it cost? Will I be successful? Will a graduate degree improve my career?

We often share advice to answer some of these tough questions here on the blog. However, we recently spoke with Steven Rodriguez, a 2007 alumnus of the College and one of the first students accepted into the inaugural graduate class, and he had some advice of his own for fellow adult learners: Don’t sell yourself short on the opportunity to earn your degree, and don’t get discouraged.

Steven knows a thing or two about balancing earning a college degree with the rest of life’s responsibilities. By day, he works at Southwest Airlines, and by night, Steven hosts his own Internet talk show, The No Notes Show LLC, ®, which is committed to educating listeners on local news, politics, and entertainment in a positive way. He also has a family to take care of. Steven earned his bachelor’s degree at Peirce while working full-time, and plans to return to Peirce College to earn his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Management as a working adult as well.

We wanted to share more of Steven’s story with you, so we asked him to sit down for a podcast to talk about his experiences and how Peirce has helped him achieve his life goals.

We're so glad Steven is continuing his education with a master's degree to improve his personal and professional life. Best of luck, Steven! If you have any questions for him, feel free to leave them in a comment below.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In case you missed it: Peirce College in the news in February

We’re wrapping up some of our best press coverage in February in case you missed it. Our thought leaders have been out and about, speaking with members of the media on topics that range from financial considerations when choosing a college, to how to return to school as an adult learner. We wanted to round up some of those spotlights for a look at how Peirce College is catching the media's attention:

Five Tips for Winning College Scholarship Money. More than $3 billion in private scholarships are awarded to college students each year, according to higher education database BrainTrack. FOXBusiness reporter Emily Driscoll tapped Chanel Greene, the Manager of the Office of Financial Aid at Peirce College, for tips on how students can earn scholarships to ease their college costs. Chanel offered up great advice, including encouraging students to get creative when filling out scholarship forms, as well as warning against becoming overzealous with the competition.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New career development workshops have arrived!

CAREER HELP: Join us and partner organizations at
workshops this spring to expand your career knowledge
The Career Development Services (CDS) team has been hard at work putting together the following events to help expand your business knowledge, find new job opportunities, and meet your career goals. These will be taking place throughout the rest of Session 3 and all of Session 4. As we always say, there’s no better time than now to start thinking about career preparation!

If you want to attend any of these sessions or have any questions for us here in the department, call us at 215.670.9202 or email us at

Campus Philly Online Internship Fair.

An internship is a great way to give you relevant, hands-on experience for future employment opportunities. So our friends at Campus Philly are hosting an online internship job fair where you’ll be able to find hundreds of internship opportunities in one place. Here’s how you can participate: Just create an account, upload your updated resume, and keep your eyes on the site for internships that will be posted daily. If you’d like some help updating your resume before the event, we’d be happy to give you some pointers. Contact us at 215.670.9202 or Take advantage of this event and connect with employers in the digital world!

Details: Held online from Feb. 25 to March 1. No RVSP is required.

Professionalism 101.

U.S. News lists Peirce College on its 2013 Best Online Bachelor's Programs Rankings

ONLINE EDUCATION: Our online degree
programs made U.S. News' 2013 list!
We have another exciting piece of Peirce news to share! U.S. News & World Report ranked Peirce College on its 2013 Best Online Bachelor's Programs Rankings. Among the schools ranked, our online bachelor's degree program is second-best in Pennsylvania.

Our inclusion on this list speaks to the strength of our online degree programs. We were among the first to pilot online classes in 1999 and began offering degree programs in 2000. When creating these programs, it was imperative that our online offerings had the same rigor and robustness of our face-to-face programs. For more than a decade, we've continued to hold to our standards of offering affordable, quality online education.

I want to thank everyone who helped make this possible. Thanks to our wonderful faculty and staff for helping us innovate our programs to meet student needs so we can support them in their online education endeavors. Our students also deserve a round of applause for all of their hard work and dedication to earning their college degrees, as well as the invaluable feedback they've given us to help us continually improve our offerings.

For the full list of rankings and the methodology for how the rankings were created, visit U.S. News & World Report's website.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Featured Learner Series: What Rohan Mohanty gained by embracing new experiences

FEATURED LEARNER: Rohan Mohanty, a current Peirce student,
has a bright future ahead of him. 
Your twenties are often a time to explore your passions and dive into new experiences. Peirce student Rohan Mohanty took this philosophy to heart, and now believes he has found his true calling.

Rohan first attended college at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., but found he wasn't being challenged enough. He often felt like just a number at the large university, and wasn't getting the individualized attention he needed to achieve his academic goals. Then, an opportunity arose for Rohan to leave school and open his own restaurant.

The experience was one he couldn't pass up. He thought it might be a good way to learn about himself and discover if the industry was right for him. "It was a crazy experience," he said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I learned a lot, but it was a lot of pressure. You take a lot of pride in owning a business, but it's also a very large time commitment. When I started, I thought that six months after opening the restaurant, I would have it managed well enough that I could return to school full-time. However, that wasn't the case."

3 ways to celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia

CELEBRATION: We've highlighted three great ways
to celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia
Are you looking for a fun way to commemorate the achievements of African-American leaders, artists, activists, and authors in Philadelphia during Black History Month? We’ve highlighted three events below that are in our area and that we think are worth attending.

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E, Philadelphia
When: Daily throughout February
Why: This exhibit tells the story of Jewish educators from Germany and Austria who came to the United States after being dismissed from their teaching positions in the 1930’s. Some found positions at historically black colleges and universities in the Jim Crow South. Through this partnership, two minority groups with a history of persecution came together in search of freedom and opportunity, and shared the early years of struggle in the Civil Rights movement.
How: If you’re interested in attending, contact the museum at (215) 923-3811 for cost of admission and times.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Don’t forget to register for upcoming classes!

Are you taking Session 4 classes or courses over the summer? Session 4 starts on March 11, and the summer will be here before you know it. So now is the time to register!

President and CEO of Peirce, Jim Mergiotti, put together this quick video to remind you to sign up for classes and fill you in on why it’s so important to stay on track to finish your college degree.

If you’re ready to get started or have questions about signing up for the upcoming sessions, please contact your academic advisor and they’d be happy to help you.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Don’t dis the doodle: The cognitive impact of doodling while in the classroom

DARE TO DRAW: This is a doodle Gary drew to visualize
the life of American singer-songwriter, Patti Smith.
Have you ever found yourself listening to a lecture in class, and suddenly realized the margins of your paper are filled with doodles of shapes, letters, and designs? Don’t worry. Even if you were scolded for doodling in elementary and middle school, there is now evidence that doodling can improve your ability to capture the information your professor is sharing during a lecture!

When we heard about this idea from Gary Kopervas, Vice President, Brand Strategy, at 20nine, a marketing and advertising design company in Philadelphia, we were eager to learn more. So we invited him to come to campus for a seminar about how doodling can open the mind. Gary, who has a background in design and has been a syndicated cartoonist for over 20 years, presented on how misunderstood doodling is. In fact, his mantra is: “Doodling is a visual tool for an active mind … not a distraction for a lazy mind.”

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Spreading the education love in Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day

A great way to show the people in your life that you care is by encouraging them to earn a college degree. That’s why PhillyGoes2College, an initiative led by the Mayor’s Office of Education, and Graduate! Philadelphia partnered this Valentine’s Day to launch the I Heart College Campaign.

The campaign distributed 20,000 lollipops to schools and organizations throughout the city to spread awareness about the importance of higher education in Philadelphia. One of the organizations that received the lollipops was YESPhilly, which encourages young people to complete their high school education, as well as pursue higher education and find jobs.

We got in on the fun when Dr. Lori Shorr, Executive Advisor and Chief Education Officer to Mayor Michael Nutter, invited us to meet with some members of YESPhilly to spread the higher education love. Check out some of the photos we snapped.

SWEET TIME: President and CEO of Peirce College, Jim Mergiotti, stresses the importance of higher
education with members of YESPhilly

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Congratulations to our 2012 First Year Initiative Scholarship winners

CONGRATS: Cassandra Jean-Pierre is one of
our 2012 First Year Initiative Scholarship winners!
As we’ve mentioned before, our First Year Initiative program (FYI) helps students in their first year at Peirce get adjusted to college life. The program is a support system, where more experienced students, faculty members, and staff members are available to answer questions about the college transition; classes; professors; and balancing school, work, and a personal life. And on top of this support system, our FYI program also offers a scholarship each year to two first-year students, helping them reach their academic goals.

This year’s winners are Cassandra Jean-Pierre and Velvia Gary! Congratulations to both of you on earning this achievement! I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cassandra about her future and what advice she has for other students.

Cassandra is currently enrolled in our Business Administration degree program, with a concentration in Management. She’s a Work-Study student in our Career Development Services Center, and is involved in the Student Leadership Program and the Ambassadors Club here at Peirce. Cassandra is also a Human Resources intern at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tips for turning your internship into a job opportunity

LONG-TERM INTERVIEW: Demonstrate your knowledge
and skills over time in your internship
You should always put your best foot forward in any internship. But with many students using their internships as a stepping stone into a full time job opportunity with that organization, it’s even more important to demonstrate your knowledge and skills throughout your experience.

We were tapped by Campus Philly to share more insight on this topic, so I authored a guest post on its website titled, “4 Ways to Use your Internship as a Job Interview.” Flip over to the article to read my advice in full, and then join the internship conversation in the comments section.